Loddon Valley Link



Welcome to the December/January edition of the Loddon Valley Link.
This month’s issue includes, as always at this time of year, details of all our Christmas services. At the time of writing it seems clear that services in church will be permitted, if only in a limited and socially distanced manner. For those who are unable to attend church or prefer not to do so there are online services planned. There are also special Christmas activities for families to enjoy together - the Christingle service, and the Christmas carol trail. Christmas is a time for giving and for thinking of others less fortunate than ourselves, so we are asked to donate toys to a Basingstoke safe house, and toiletries to the Food Bank. See pp. 20-21 for details of all these activities.
When looking at news from Hampshire-wide organisations I am often struck by the fact that, living in the extreme north of the county as we do, a great deal of the information and news they publish does not seem to have much relevance to us. Events happening in Southampton or Portsmouth may be very interesting but are not appropriate for us at the Link to cover, with our focus on local news.dec20 contents I was therefore very pleased to pick up a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust feature on a beauty spot not far from here - Mapledurwell Fen. You can see this on p. 13.
Among regular features we welcome back the Village Green Volunteers, after a gap due to Covid-19. They have been working over the last two months and have provided us with a report of their activities. We also welcome the first Borough Councillor’s report of Cllr Laura Edwards.
Talking of the Borough Council, they have now issued their proposals for the 2021/2022 budget, and have opened the consultation. Comments must be sent to them by 3 January 2021.
We also have a beautiful and appropriate poem on p. 31, and this month’s lovely picture of a robin was taken by Lynette Blacklock. We look forward to receiving your poems, stories, reminiscences and photos - please keep them coming. We’re also still looking for another editor.
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